Echium vulgare 'Blue Bedder'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy (biennial)
In early summer short, crowded spikes appear above the rosette of bristly, dark green leaves bearing pink-flushed buds, which open to bell-shaped, light blue flowers. These become tinged with magenta as they age and add an intense shot of colour to naturalised planting schemes. They will also act as a magnet to bees and other beneficial insects. A biennial or short-lived perennial, it will self-seed freely in the right location.
- Garden care: Spring sowings will generally flower later in their first year. For early summer colour they should be sown in late summer or autumn the previous year. Scatter the seed thinly into a sunny, well-prepared seedbed and cover lightly. Water regularly until they are established, thinning them out to 35cm as they grow on. Take care not to damage the long-tap root if they have to be moved. Dead-heading regularly will help encourage more flowers to form.
- Sow: March - May or August - September
- Flowering: June-August
- Approximate quantity: 200 seeds
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